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Weekend in Hong Kong

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I have a lot of favorites when it comes to Hong Kong.  This is my sixteenth (!!) trip and each time I accumulate another ‘favorite’.  I have a favorite noodle shop, favorite dumpling restaurant, favorite place to get pink champagne, favorite shops and so on.

Each trip, as I familiarize myself more and more, some things get much easier (jet lag) and some things stay just as difficult as day one (lack of personal space). Above all, it’s a city that I’ve still only seen such a small percentage of.  I have much much more to see and do and am eager to keep returning.

I wanted to share some of my photos with you, and give you a taste of my Hong Kong, which based on the diversity and size of the city could be so much different from anyone else’s Hong Kong.

The photo above is of the cafe at Lane Crawford.  The stone tables are stunningly gorgeous and it’s pretty surprising that this is in a department store.  Granted, Lane Crawford isn’t just any department store… they carry all of the major designers and although they’re a bit out of my price range, I still love going to gawk at gorgeous handbags and shoes.

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macarons at Laduree are a must have treat for after a long day of work

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geo carpet at my hotel (Sheraton Towers) that matches my outfit

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beautiful assorted chinese teacups at Ye Shanghai

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regardless of where on this earth that you live, ice cream trucks are always awesome

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victoria harbor during my morning run… isn’t it gorgeous?!

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same amazing view at the hotel pool!

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beautiful marble mosaic roads at my friend, Rosa’s apartment

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my favorite place for shanghai style dumplings (especially xiao long bao) is Din Tai Fung… there is one in LA too!

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loads of pretty parks

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street market fruits abound

There is SO much more that I love about Hong Kong and I can’t begin to share every amazing restaurant, shop, or activity.  From the Tea at the Mandarin Oriental to dancing at Salon de Ning in the basement of the Peninsula, many more of my favorites can’t even be represented here (or on this trip).  This was a relatively short trip for me.  Usually I come for 10-14 days, but this was just a quick 7 day trip.  It was kind of a little tease, but I’m happy to be heading home late tomorrow to see Matty and Perry. 

Anyone been to HK?  Any of your favorites that you’d like to share?

p.s.  I packed for this entire trip in a small carryon roller bag… if you’d like to see a day-by-day of my outfits, head over to my instagram account where I showcased each outfit and tagged with sources!

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6 Comments on “Weekend in Hong Kong”

  1. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper April 28, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    A MORNING RUN!? You’ll be a marathoner in no time, I’m sure of it :)

    Sounds like a fun trip! You’re getting me super excited to get over there myself! Can’t wait to hear your exciting news (insta-stalker right here)!

  2. Jessica April 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    I have loved hearing about your time in Hong Kong and loved these pictures. I studied abroad for a semester in Hong Kong and haven’t been back yet. I’m currently plotting to get my husband to go with me next year! Glad you had a great trip!

  3. Amanda @ A Hammer & Heels April 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    16 times?! I’d love to know how you discover the best shops/restaurants/attractions. Are you usually recommended or do you wander until you find something great?

    • Erin | House of Earnest April 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      Amanda,

      I try to ask a different business partner for a suggestion each time. Also, the hotel concierges, books, and readers (like Winnie below!) are great resources! Sometimes I just wander around and find pretty things, though :)

  4. Winnie April 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Hey Erin,

    THought I’ll reply here. Some of my fav’ places to go in HK!

    Mongkok – take the MTR to this station. You should just walk around the general area looking for the Ladies Market, the Goldfish Market, Fa Yuen Street Market, the Bird Market and the Flower Market. Mongkok actually looks like the Hong Kong you would expect. Love the night markets at night.

    Argyle Centre/New Town Mall
    83 Argyle Street, Mongkok
    Opening hours: 11am to 11pm (not all shops are open at 11am so its safer to go in the afternoon!)
    Mongkok MTR Exit D2
    Tons of small shops nestled inside the mall. It’s air conditioned but it’s really crowded in the day.

    Tai Cheong Egg Tarts
    I love the buttery egg tarts here. So good.

    Australia Diary Company 澳洲牛奶公司
    Personally I’ve not been there. Heard the scrambled eggs are velvety, smooth and flavourful that is a match with the ham and buttered toast! Do try their steamed milk pudding too.

    Lan Fong Yuen (Central, Sheung Wan and Tsim Sha Tsui)
    HK Style Cafe. Try the chicken steak instant noodles with green onions and a fried egg! The milk tea and condensed milk butter buns are delicious too.

    Mak’s Noodles (Wanton noodle), Kau Kee Beef Brisket Noodles, Wing Kee Cart Noodles,

    Dim Sum! You can try Tsui Wah, Tim Ho Wan, Lin Heung Tea House, One Dim Sum

    Yardbird (Sheung Wan)
    Scotch eggs. My friends love it here. Hipster vibe.

    Crumbs: Frozen Yogurt, Scones and Dessert

    Sham Shui Po is a great local district and has plenty to offer tourists who are looking at venturing further north than Mongkok.

    Check out the nearby islands of Lantau, Lamma or Tai O if you have the time for a day trip. :)

    Now I’m hungry!! Enjoy! :D

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